TVC 15

Album: Station To Station (1976)
Charted: 33 64
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  • Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oooh

    Up every evening 'bout
    Half eight or nine
    I give my complete attention
    To a very good friend of mine
    He's quadraphonic, he's a
    He's got more channels
    So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
    I brought my baby home, she, she sat around forlorn
    She saw my TVC one five, baby's gone, she
    She crawled right in, oh my, she crawled right in my
    So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
    Oh, so demonic, oh my TVC one five

    Maybe if I pray every, each night I sit there pleading
    Send back my dream test baby, she's my main feature
    My TVC one five, he, he just stares back unblinking
    So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
    One of these nights I may just jump down that rainbow way
    Be with my baby, then we'll spend some time together
    So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
    My baby's in there someplace, love's rating in the sky
    So hologramic, oh my TVC one five

    Transition
    Transmission
    Transition
    Transmission
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five

    Maybe if I pray every, each night I sit there pleading
    "Send back my dream test baby, she's my main feature"
    My TVC one five, he, he just stares back unblinking
    So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
    One of these nights I may just jump down that rainbow way
    Be with my baby, then we'll spend some time together
    So hologramic, oh my TVC one five
    My baby's in there someplace, love's rating in the sky
    So hologramic, oh my TVC one five

    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh
    Transition
    Transmission
    Transition
    Transmission
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five

    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five
    Oh my TVC one five, oh oh, TVC one five Writer/s: David Bowie
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Ben from New Zealand I think parts of this song sounds a bit like that pop song that came out in 2013 called blurred lines
  • Ben from New Zealand I can't think what pop song it is but I have heard a pop song similar to this
  • Futurist from CaliforniaTVC15 is printed on the side of some sound equipment in a James Taylor concert video I was watching. just thought I'd throw that into this discussion... I could post my screen shot.
  • 70s Flashback from Nyc, NyA TV set swallows someone up. Pure 70s Bowie from a great album.
  • Darren from Albuquerque, NmTVC15 was the make and model of a small ball shaped television with a screen size of about 12 inches, black and white. It had a cassette tape underneath it too. Hence TV/C. I had one in the early 70,s. It clearly said in silver letters next to the tape deck. TVC15
  • Harry from Sunnyvale, CaJust as in a well-written novel, songs sometimes are played in a person's life to foreshadow coming events, like an announcement of a new chapter's title. This particular song was such a sign for me the first time I heard it as I sat in a school of drafting admission's lobby. When I walked out of the lobby and into the building's hallway, a nurse rushed past me on her way to a clinic, as the lines, "Transition/Transmission," kept repeating over and over in my head. Then years later all three, the school, the girl and the clinic, moved to different locations, until several years after that, all reappeared together in my life when I unknowingly attended the same school that led to my career, discovered the mystery to an illness at the clinic that had plagued me for a decade, and I nearly married the nurse, like they had been book-marked as life-transitioning events.
  • Dave from San Antonio, TxWell, I think the song is about the future and technological advances... Bowie mentions quadrophonics, the four-way stereo precursor to surround sound... This TVC 15 was perhaps to envelop the viewer in a 3d world, and such viewer would have trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality... He brings his girlfriend over to see the TVC 15 and she "gets lost in it" so to speak... I don't know... just seems nicer somehow than a meaningless drug-induced song.
  • Paul from Cleveland, OhTo Sylvia from St. Charles, IL

    Since it seems the song is about hallucinogenic drugs, the title may be a reference to the scientific abbreviation for acid. Which is LSD25.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhTvc15 is probably just a reference to the carnivorous TV set. I think Bowie was on too much coke to slip any hidden meanings in this song. Great song despite the blow.
  • Lee from Mobile, AlMy musician husband has told me that there is a lot of math involved in music. That's why there is such a push to save music in schools, it forces music students to use math and creativity. There's a large volume of research on vh1.com 'save the music' that shows how learning music is good for brains.
  • Sylvia from St. Charles, Ildoes anyone know what "tvc 15" is? is it a tv channel in Britain or perhaps Germany? I first heard this song when I bought the hero's album back in 1976, but it didn't do anything for me then. I again heard it when I bought the live aid dvd and it aroused my curiousity. Like most of Bowie's songs it's difficult to understand. But I find him very intelligent and because we share the same birthday, I am curious about him.
  • Cliff from Burkesville, KyI heard somewhere that this song is "mathematically flawless." Does anybody know anything about this? And what does it mean for a song to be mathematically flawless anyway? Thanks in advance.
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